Square Jean-XXIII, named in honour of Pope John XXIII , is a large square in Paris, located in the 4th arrondissement. It was previously called square de l’Archevêché. The square, which is in the form of a garden, backs on to the Cathedral of Notre Dame and offers fine views of the chevet.
At this location during in the Middle Ages, there was an area of wasteland that was called: Motte aux Papelards or simply le Terrein, which was used as a recreation area by the whole of the church staff.
Later, the writer and poet Nicolas Boileau lived and died in a house which was on a street demolished in 1809 close to the location of the Fountain of the Virgin seen here on the right. This work by Alfonso Hale was added in 1845, a year after the creation of the square, which extends over an area of 10,797 square metres.
During the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871), the square was used as an artillery park.
The above was extracted and freely translated from an article on French Wikipedea.
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Noel_Byrne (33634) 2014-03-28 1:11
This is such an example of why good urban planning is important, what a place to have in the centre of a city! The cathedral is of course beautiful, but what I really love here is how you have composed the statue in the centre of the green, and the sinuous shadows that the trees are throwing across the well lit path. They have a brilliant gothic spooky vibe, a perfecet compliment to the cathedral.
Thanks as always
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-03-28 1:41
another artistic composition with the church with its tall spire depicted in excellent position and great details. The perspective with the trees is superb and the foreground has the lovely shadows. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.
jurek1951 (42198) 2014-03-28 1:46
a beautiful photo of this elegant architecture, the composition is very nice, great lights and details, splendid shot,
Subhogen (4067) 2014-03-28 2:23
Nice view of the square with beautiful buildings in the BG. I like the framing with the nicely pruned trees to the left. Excellent perspective achieved with the row of trees. A good photo of anicely maintained square. Thanks for sharing.
Apurba20 (984) 2014-03-28 3:42
This is a picture with marvellous POV. It really does stand out with exceptional clarity.
Love the way the trees are manicured. :)
Sergiom (88317) 2014-03-28 4:49
Un point de vue assez inhabituel sur la célèbre cathédrale. La ligne d'arbres sans feuilles sur la gauche donne de la profondeur à l'ensemble. La lumière très forte est bien gérée.
dkmurphys (64573) 2014-03-28 5:49
I like the shadows of the trees in this beautiful park. Nice mood, well taken scene.
Enjoy a fine afternoon.
ikeharel (78317) 2014-03-28 5:54
The row of naked trees with their special "cut", leading the view towards the church and towers, than to the monument square on the garden, with fine allocation over the pic. space, Stephen.
Fine sharp details, DOF and light management. The place is most intriguing for any photographer.
Have a nice weekend,
jhm (160023) 2014-03-28 6:06
Thank you very much for your interesting notes.
Nice thoughtful postion cares for nice depth and perspective with the nice old church in background.
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
Excellent composition, nice presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
Nicou (151064) 2014-03-28 6:20
quelle allée d'arbre sueprbe et en fond cette cathédrald emajestueuse quelle perspective du jardin devant l'église c'est sueprbe avec le petite clocher quei taquine le grand sueprbe compo.
Bravo et amitié
timecapturer (49288) 2014-03-28 7:08
like this! It is so beautifully composed with all the elements perfectly placed and balanced. Lots of impressive detail, light and soft enticing shadows. Looks wonderful!
Have a good weekend - B.
Kamilutka (8107) 2014-03-28 8:02
great view and very nicely presented from this POV. The composition seems to be well thought through and with attention to details. The row of beautifully shaped trees leads an eye towards cathedral and the statue in the middle of the square corresponds nicely with the rest of the architecture. Very nice and natural colors and well balanced light and contrast.
Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day
Fis2 (106408) 2014-03-28 11:31
Very nice composition.
I like colors and light.
carlo62 (54986) 2014-03-28 12:36
bella prospettiva e bella composizione, mi piacciono molto anche le ombre che disegnano il terreno.
Mi ricordo una curiosità, a destra c'era un ristorante che si chiamava "Esmeralda".
siudzi (34141) 2014-03-28 15:06
Like a lot this beautiful scene. The cathedral looks very elegant and classy from this POV with its charming surroundings. Perfectly seen and very well executed presentation. TFS!
Royaldevon (43407) 2014-03-28 15:58
These garden areas are essential in the centre of big cities so that there is still a sense of beauty and freedom, of the great outdoors, for those surrounded by buildings.
You have selected your viewpoint well, using the trees as a guide and, also, to give a sense of perspective. There is a lovely balance to the shot.
The soft light has created some interesting shadows to break up the empty space of the pathway.
Have a great w/e,
Corry (4508) 2014-03-28 20:56
Belle perspective sur le square avec la cathédrale en arrière-plan. Les arbres cadrent bien l'image. Bien fait.
RhodieIke (11744) 2014-03-28 23:33
Super Pov, leading us in along the tree line to the magnificent Cathedral of Notre Dame.
What a splendid square, love the shadows of the trees playing with shapes on the ground.
Wonderful, well done.
We are having very fogy early morning then, brighting to good all round sun.
Enjoy your weekend, read you are planning a trip down under very exciting, We lived in Sydney for nine months great place.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2014-03-29 0:41
a beautiful capture is here. I like those architectural detail shown in nice way with those nicely textured trees beside. Interesting POV chosen. Great composition with excellent depth. Tfs.
mirosu (16273) 2014-03-29 19:08
Excellent view to nice church, all in superb light. I like the composition with the trees leading to the church and the green park with the small church tower in foreground, excellent image balance & harmony.
Very well done.
Wish you a nice Sunday.
delpeoples (59774) 2014-03-30 3:47
The row of trees on the left is so striking and very beautiful. You have created an impressive perspective and wonderful graphism. I particularly like the ay of shadow and light from the branches on the right. The med colours have evoked a timeless mood, one of tranquillity of days gone by.
Warmest wishes, thanks for sharing
Cricri (125878) 2014-03-30 9:19
Excellente perspective des arbres menant vers la cathédrale, un endroit agréable loin des bruit de la ville
imageme (1790) 2014-03-30 9:52
HI Stephen, Gorgeous perspective with dynamic atmosphere. Beautiful architecture of this church in the BG has turned the whole image more elegant. I like the shadows on the ground and the lines of the trees which give a nice pattern to the composition. Thank for sharing
Romano46 (18472) 2014-03-30 11:34
mi piace la cura che hai dedicato alla composizione.
Le linee degli alberi conducono lo sguardo al fondo della piazza verso la chiesa che si erge maestosa con il suo campanile che fa da bel contrappunto all'obelisco al centro della piazza.
Un elogio all'architetto che ha disegnato questo gioiello di piazza, ma anche un elogio a te per la bella ripresa.
Ciao e buona settimana
ChrisJ (117855) 2014-03-31 12:37
A moody and atmospheric shot on account of the overcast weather but I like the shadow play in the fg and the well tended trees on the avenue. Good sharpness and the bg cathedral makes a fine focal point. Tfs!
Kielia (24077) 2014-04-01 5:48
wonderful architecture with moody light and natural warm tones. I really love the look and feel of this shot. The composition is excellent!
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (106533)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-03-00
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2014-03-28 0:59
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